Retired Accountant Carolyn Smith has announced she is seeking election in the Republican Primary to become Aransas County Precinct 4-4A’s next commissioner. Smith, a conservative Republican, wishes to champion the fight against rising property taxes. She is a retired licensed CPA with a strong background in cost analysis.
“Having an accountant on the Commissioners’ Court will help Aransas County residents understand where their hard-earned tax dollars are being spent,” Smith said. “I also promise to examine the budget line by line, critically, to keep the tax rate low and to ensure the county is a good steward of the taxpayer’s money.”
Smith said she will also prioritize roads and drainage.
“Dedicating budgeted funds to improve our roads and to improve our drainage is a high priority,” she said. “This will help to keep our residents safer knowing we are working to mitigate damages from flooding that has happened in the recent past.”
Smith has attended Stormwater Drainage Committee meetings to better understand the issues residents face.
She supports open communication between the Commissioners’ Court and residents, noting communication between the Commissioners’ Court and residents should be clear and direct to reduce misunderstandings about the business of the county.
“Good communication is key to better government,” Smith concluded.
Smith and her husband, Rick, moved to Rockport almost 10 years ago. After they got settled, she began looking for ways to serve the community. She has served as Aransas County Precinct 4 Chairperson, Election Judge, as a member of the Government Affairs Council, and is a member of some philanthropic women’s organizations, as well as the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.
She attends Commissioners Court meetings and numerous other meetings to gain a better understanding of the issues facing Aransas County.
“I look forward to serving the residents of Precinct 4-4A and in turn, all residents of Aransas County,” said Smith.